I am learning and re-learning this week that God is the one and only one who builds his house. He blesses when he blesses and doesn’t rely on our intervention to succeed. We are his hands and feet, yet only as he determines to use us. He is sovereign above and over all.
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
When Jacob stole the blessing of Esau, he and his mother thought that they had helped God achieve his goals. In reality, they played a human game which achieved a human blessing and inheritance, yet God’s blessing to Jacob was going to far exceed anything Isaac granted in his human power. God was going to give Jacob’s descendants the land of Israel.
And as Isaac and Rebekah sent Jacob out toward the land of Uncle Laban, Jacob had a dream in which God revealed his true blessing. Funny – Rebekah didn’t even plan the dream, yet it still happened. And so it goes.
Yesterday we looked at how Rebekah and Jacob couldn’t leave God’s blessing to God. Today we see that God is able and provided exactly as he said he would.
The gate of heaven is God’s provision. Not man’s provision.
The house of God is not made with human hands.
And all of this reminds us that the plan of God, which was conceived before Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were born, will proceed as God planned regardless of human intervention. And again we must ask ourselves (which is a repetitve theme this week), what are we intervening in which God has a plan or a promise to deliver?
God builds his house and he opens the gate of heaven…